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Minister of Education & Families
Jon Jeffries has been Minister of Education and Families at North Shelby Baptist Church since April 5, 2015. He is blessed to be married to his wife Alison and to have a son, Jackson, and two daughters, Zoe and Lucy. Before coming to North Shelby Baptist Church, he and his family lived in Central Asia for five and a half years. While there, Jon worked as a graphic designer. Prior to that they lived in Gadsden, Alabama where Jon served as Youth Pastor at Dwight Baptist Church and Alison served as the Director of the Etowah Baptist Mission Center. Jon graduated from Auburn University of Montgomery with a degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design. After college Jon spent two years in ministry in Western Europe. Jon met his wife Alison while they both were pursuing degrees at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Jon received a Master’s of Arts in Religious Education and Alison received a Master’s of Divinity. Jon enjoys studying and teaching the Bible. One of his joys in ministry is seeing someone grasp a particular truth from God’s word. His time as a father of young children has impressed upon him the responsibility of parents to nurture their children spiritually. Jon’s desire for the educational ministry of North Shelby is that people with be unified in their faith, diverse in their ministries, and maturing as disciples of Jesus.
Julie Donavan has been the Children’s Minister at North Shelby Baptist Church since April 18, 2016. Prior to that Julie served at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, First Baptist Southside, and Ider Missionary Baptist Church. Julie has served at Christian camps, Centrifuge and Worldsong. At these camps she learned great leadership and fun ways to share the Word of God. Julie graduated from Jacksonville State University in 2013 with a degree in Recreational Leadership and Family and Consumer Science and Child Development. While at JSU she was a preschool teacher and an Intern Children’s Minister. Along with her job she was a Bible study, worship, and missions leader at the Baptist Campus Ministries and she was the chaplain in her sorority. Now, Julie is attending Beeson Divinity Seminary and will graduate with a Masters of Divinity in Theology. Julie has a great heart for the Children’s and Preschool Ministry. She enjoys leading crafts, games, songs, and most importantly Bible study. She is excited for what God has in store for the Children’s and Preschool Ministry at North Shelby Baptist Church. Julie’s vision for the Children’s and Preschool Ministry is that the children will grow to love and enjoy Christ and appreciate fellowship with one another. Her desire is for children to grasp the Word of God at a young age so they will be grounded in their faith as they grow.
Director of Digital Media
Ben Gilliland has been the Director of Digital Media at North Shelby Baptist since November 2014. He graduated with an associate degree in Office Management from Jefferson State Community College. He is an alumnus of Oak Mountain High School, class of 2010, and is a big supporter of his alma mater. He is a huge Bama fan! Ben and his family have been members of North Shelby since its beginning.
Amanda Metcalfe is an Administrative Assistant for North Shelby Baptist Church. Before working at NSBC, she was an intern at WVTM 13 (formerly known as Alabama’s 13) and attended the University of Montevallo. Amanda graduated from the University of Montevallo with a B.A. in English and a minor in writing. Amanda has been a member of North Shelby Baptist Church since 2011. She is an active member and can be seen on any given Sunday playing the flute in the Orchestra and with the Instrumentalists.
Libby Ethridge is an Administrative Assistant for North Shelby Baptist Church. She has a vast work resume but came to serve the church from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, having worked in office management and clerical support for the August 2015 Greater Birmingham Festival of Hope with Evangelist Franklin Graham. Libby is now an active member of North Shelby Baptist Church, teaching senior high girls’ Sunday School. In her work, Libby supports the church in the education area, assisting age-group ministries and general records keeping.
Amy Waldrop Theabolt was an active member of North Shelby Baptist Church when she was tapped to become our Hostess. She was already an accomplished caterer and a partner with husband John as a food vendor (shaved ice, funnel cakes, and fresh squeezed lemonade) at major sports venues. She is a creative gourmet cook, preparing popular Wednesday night church suppers and coordinating church events that include food. Amy is a missionary kid, growing up in Surinam, South America, and on the Dutch island of Curaçao. She met John at Hardin-Simmons Baptist University in Abilene, Texas. They have a teenage daughter Julia and son Jackson.
School of Performing Arts Director (SOPA)
Susane Parsons is the Director of the School of Performing Arts at NSBC, as well as an award winning vocal instructor. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Samford University, with a double major in Vocal Performance and Church Music. She has been teaching voice & piano for 20 years in a private studio and at local churches. She is an accomplished soprano soloist with the adult choir, singing in several programs throughout the year. In addition, she has competed and won awards locally with ACGMA and nationally with NACMAI. Susane believes music is a gift from God and we should use it to glorify Him. She wants to help others develop a love for music for the rest of their lives, and to have the desire to share their gift with God and others. She wants to help you to learn the confidence to perform in any situation. She is married to James and they have one son, Franklin. She can be reached at 205.365.7476 or at email@example.com.
Tiny Blessings Director
Kim Neeley is the Director of Tiny Blessings Weekday Early Education Program. She developed the Christian preschool program in 2005 and it has continued to grow in God’s hands. She knew that is was God’s plan for her to devote her life to working with and helping children at a very young age.
Kim graduated with honors from the University of Alabama with a degree in Elementary Education in 1990. She taught first grade in Atlanta, Georgia (1991- 1996), fifth grade in Goodlettsville, Tennessee (1996-1998), where she was named Teacher of the Year, and locally, first grade at Oak Mountain Elementary School (1998-2004). She married her husband, Ray Neeley, in 1990 and they have three children, Kyle, Ansley and Raylie. Ray and Kim joined North Shelby Baptist Church in 2001.